Friday, October 2, 2015

Forest Service Closures in NC Due to Threat of Severe Weather

Due to the heavy amounts of rain already received and anticipated heavy rainfall amounts, the U.S. Forest Service will be closing some areas on the National Forests in NC. Visitor and employee safety is a priority and everyone is encouraged to be prepared for possible flooding, fallen trees, rock slides and other safety concerns. Visitors are encouraged to stay off Forest Service roads and reschedule outdoor activities.

The following areas are closed through Monday, Oct. 5:

Croatan NF: All campgrounds, day use areas and some roads.

Pisgah NF: Brown Mountain Off-highway vehicle trail, Black Mtn. Campground, Carolina Hemlocks Campground, Mortimer Campground, Briar Bottom Campground, Cradle of Forestry: Forest Festival Day postponed to Oct. 17.

Follow these safety tips: Do NOT cross roads that appear flooded. While travelling on FS roads, slow down for weather conditions and watch for locked gates and fallen trees.

This advice and these warnings are probably true for much of the greater southeast region - be careful out there this weekend. The National Weather Service issued this bulletin earlier today:
...FLASH FLOODING POSSIBLE SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING...

.ABUNDANT MOISTURE FROM HURRICANE JOAQUIN WILL BE FUNNELED INLAND IN COMBINATION WITH AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE OVER THE DEEP SOUTH... CAUSING A CHANCE FOR HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE WESTERN CAROLINAS...FAR EASTERN TENNESSEE...AND SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA.

RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE WATCH AREA...WITH HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE ALONG THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS.



Jeff
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